Texas State students, San Marcos residents and Texas country fans flocked to see the Casey Donahew Band play Saturday night at the Marc.
Burleson native Casey Donahew has made a name for himself in the Texas country scene over the past 14 years. During his college years, he was inspired to pick up a guitar by country artists like Garth Brooks and Pat Green. Since then, Donahew has managed to top the Texas music charts several times and release four albums without the help of a major record label or manager.
Some of the fan favorites the band played at the Marc included hits like “White Trash Story” and “Double-Wide Dream.” Covers, including Matchbox Twenty’s “3AM,” and sneak peeks at Casey Donahew Band’s new album were also played. The show ended with “Stockyards,” a song that pays homage to Donahew’s hometown near Ft. Worth.
Landon Bullard, a Texas State alumnus, opened for the band. Bullard is an up-and-coming Texas country artist based out of Austin.
The Marc is usually a 21-and-older venue, but opens its doors to underage people during concerts. The audience ranged from die-hard country fans decked out in cowboy hats, flannels and boots to people who just came out for a good time with friends.
Hailey Smith, sophomore engineering major at Texas State, is a huge fan of the Casey Donahew Band and was excited to hear the group perform.
“It’s great that the Marc allows people 18 and older in for concerts,” Smith said, who is 20. “The concert going on gives students that are underage a reason to come out and be entertained while still spending time on the square.”
Brian McDonald, finance junior, doesn’t consider himself a fan of country music but came to the concert for a good time with friends.
“I’ve never been to a country concert,” McDonald said. “I enjoyed the show and this definitely won’t be my last country concert.”
Merchandise was sold at the show, and people were seen sporting old and new Casey Donahew gear. Fans were thrilled with the performance and spent the concert singing along to the songs, cheering and dancing.
Omar Dawoud, owner of the Marc, makes sure to book different types of artists in order to appeal to a variety of people. The Marc’s spring concert lineup ranges from Texas country to EDM to hip-hop. Upcoming Texas country bands coming to the Marc this month include the Cody Johnson Band, Aaron Watson and Granger Smith.
“We are located in the mecca of Texas country,” Dawoud said. “San Marcos is the perfect place for concerts, since it’s in the middle of Austin and San Antonio. The location makes it easy for bands to choose to bypass the two bigger cities and decide to perform at a location that appeals to both places.”
San Marcos residents can look forward to more Texas country bands at the Marc in the future.
By: Tiffany Goulart | Special to the Star